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Where to celebrate our daughter b-day she is turning 1!

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Hello Everyone
we just moved to NYC and our daughter is turning ONE! We would like to throw a party. Our place is too small. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions of venues. It will be aprox 40 people, 20 adults and 20 kids, age range between 1 year and 8 years old. We prefer food and space and we don't want to do 1-2 hour party.. we prefer to have a longer party so everyone can enjoy!
Thank you for your responses!

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  1. If you want a longer party, a private room is probably the way to go. In order for Hounds to make appropriate suggestions, please give us a few more specifics. Cuisines? Neighborhood? Per person budget for food for adults?

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    1. re: RGR

      Thank you for your response. We were thinking lunch, sandwiches, but really open to anything. We live in Battery Park City but are not tight to a location. I don't know about the prices here in NYC.. $ 25-30 per person would be enough to have decent B-day party? Also if I need to book an enternainment seperately, where do i find info who to book, clowns, magicians?
      I think I found a bakery in NYC through this website.. will go with either Billy's or Sweet Sunshine.
      Thanks again!

      1. re: Butterfly123

        Last year's Best of NY had some great suggestions for kids birthday parties. One was the Milk and Cookies Bakery for a make-your-own cookie party...probably a little advanced for 1, but you also get milkshakes and those are fun at any age.

        1. re: Butterfly123

          Hey, Butterfly123,

          Even if I had any suggestions for the sort of entertainment you're seeking, I don't think the moderators would approve posting that info. Perhaps, Google is your friend?

          For the party, you might contact Campanile, on 29th St., b/t Madison & Park Av. S. It's a wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant with delicious food. No pizza for the kids, but there is spaghetti on the menu. There is a private room, but I've not seen it, so you'd have to ask if it can hold 40 people. You can certainly ask about bringing in entertainment and a birthday cake. The owner is friendly and accommodating, and I'm sure he'll work with you to put together a menu that meets your budget.

          http://www.campanilenyc.com

          Two other possibilities:

          Blue Smoke is on 27th St., b/t Lex & Park Av. S.. They don't have an enclosed private space, but the balcony area might be able to accommodate a group your size. If not, there's an area in the back on the street level that might work. For groups, they offer an ayce set menu (you choose from a list of selections) served family style. The website says 3 courses = $30pp. Again, ask about bringing in entertainment and a cake.

          http://www.bluesmoke.com

          Ellen's Stardust Diner, on the corner of B'way & 50th, has a retro-50's theme and in-house "entertainment," i.e., a singing waitstaff. I don't know if they have a private space, but the website says they have a group lunch package for $17.95. You'd have to see how they would feel about bringing in your own entertainment, as well as a birthday cake.

          http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com

          1. re: Butterfly123

            RGR is correct. The booking of entertainment is beyond the scope of what we do on Chowhound. The focus here is all about the food. Happy Birthday to your baby!